Smoothie Bowls by Dr. Sarah Schenker

Smoothie bowls are a great option for a leisurely weekend brunch. They are a delicious way of incorporating fruits, berries, nuts and seeds into your diet. Whatever combination you go for, they are bursting with vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and plenty of fibre, all essential nutrients needed to boost immunity and keep you healthy. They can be calorific, so watch your portion size. Try the following recipes all of which serve 2.

Turmeric and coconut

Ingredients
Knob of fresh turmeric or 2 tsp ground turmeric
250ml coconut milk
3 tbsp coconut yogurt
2 tbsp oats
1 tbsp cashew nut butter
1 banana, peeled and chopped
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chopped cashew nuts
1 tbsp coconut flakes

Peel the turmeric root and grate. Put all ingredients except the cashew nuts and coconut flakes in a blender and blitz until smooth. Divide between 2 bowls with the cashew nuts and coconut flakes sprinkled over.

Spinach and mango

Ingredients
100g baby spinach leave
1 banana, peeled and chopped
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
2 mangoes, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
3 tbsp flaked almonds
3 tbsp coconut flakes
½ tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp agave syrup

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas 5 and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Put the seeds, coconut and almonds into a bowl, add the cinnamon and drizzle over the syrup. Toss until everything is well coated, then scatter over the baking tray in an even layer. Bake for 10-15 mins, stirring every 5 mins or so, until the seeds are lightly toasted. Leave to cool.

Put all the remaining ingredients into a blender and blitz to a thick smoothie consistency. Divide between two bowls and arrange the remaining slices of mango on top. Scatter 1 tbsp of the seed mix over each bowl.

Peach and raspberry

Ingredients
250ml Greek yogurt
50g chia seeds
2 tbsp goji berries
1 peach, sliced
200g raspberries
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp honey

Make up the shake with the milk and stir in the chia seeds. Leave to soak for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the seeds swell and thicken.

Meanwhile, place half the raspberries in a blender with the lemon juice and honey and blitz to make a puree. Swirl through the shake mixture and divide between two bowls. Arrange the remaining raspberries and peach slices on top and scatter with the goji berries.

Pineapple and passion fruit

Ingredients
250ml coconut yogurt
200g pineapple chunks
1 banana
3 tbsp Greek yogurt
2 passion fruits
100g blueberries
2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts

Put the shake, pineapple, banana, yogurt and milk in a blender, and blitz until smooth and thick. Divide between two bowls and top with the passion fruit, blueberries and hazelnuts.

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